MRI detects hemorrhages in the muscles of the back in hypothermia

Aghayev, Emin; Thali, Michael J; Jackowski, Christian; Sonnenschein, Martin; Dirnhofer, Richard; Yen, Kathrin (2008). MRI detects hemorrhages in the muscles of the back in hypothermia. Forensic science international, 176(2-3), pp. 183-6. Shannon: Elsevier Scientific Publ. Ireland 10.1016/j.forsciint.2007.08.008

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Morphological findings in death due to hypothermia are variable and predominantly unspecific. Goal of this study was to check the usefulness of post-mortem cross-sectional imaging methods in the diagnosis of externally invisible findings in death due to hypothermia. Three consecutive forensic cases that died due to hypothermia were examined using post-mortem multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) prior to autopsy. MSCT excluded traumatic skeletal and fatty tissue injury. Using MRI, it was possible to detect hemorrhages within the muscles of the back in all three cases, a so far unknown finding in death due to hypothermia. MRI also allowed the detection of hemorrhages in the iliopsoas muscles. Wishnewsky spots remained radiologically undetected using the present examination techniques. In conclusion, hemorrhages of the muscles of the back might serve as a new sign of death due to hypothermia; however, additional studies on their specificity are necessary. Post-mortem MRI is considered as a good diagnosing tool for muscular hemorrhages, with a great potential for examination and documentation.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Management

UniBE Contributor:

Thali, Michael and Jackowski, Christian

ISSN:

0379-0738

ISBN:

18249515

Publisher:

Elsevier Scientific Publ. Ireland

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:04

Last Modified:

04 May 2014 23:20

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.forsciint.2007.08.008

PubMed ID:

18249515

Web of Science ID:

000254690200012

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/27925 (FactScience: 113750)

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